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Palestinian Civil Society denounce EU Commission statement
01، May 2023

The undersigned Palestinian civil society organizations vehemently denounce and reject the shameful statement made by the EU Commission President, in which she celebrated Israel’s “Independence” day by using racist anti-Palestinian tropes and denying Palestinian history and the atrocities of the Nakba. These remarks depart from basic political and diplomatic principles and shamelessly favor the occupying power, which engages in persecution, aggression, and state terrorism against the Palestinian people.

In her speech, Ursula von der Leyen claimed that Israel has made “the desert bloom”, utilizing a colonial remark that greenwashes Israel’s settler-colonial project, and its displacement of the indigenous Palestinian people and the illegal confiscation of their land. We further reject Ms. von der Leyen’s use of biblical references that align with the Israeli occupier’s narrative that erases the Palestinian people and denies their deep roots in the land and their inalienable right to self-determination. This forms the foundation for the racist so-called “Nation State Law” that Israel is now using to entrench colonization and complete annexation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem.

The horrific events of the Palestinian Nakba which paved the way for the foundation of Israel; including displacing over 750,000 Palestinians and rendering them refugees to this day, razing hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns, and committing dozens of massacres, continue to manifest today through different ways yet with the same overall aim of displacing the indigenous Palestinian people and replacing them with Jewish Israelis across historical Palestine through ethnic cleansing.

The European Union’s failure to hold Israel accountable for its countless crimes and human rights violations, including the crime against humanity of apartheid, fuels the culture of impunity that Israel enjoys as it escalates its aggression against the Palestinian people and their land, especially in light of the new extremist Israeli government. Instead of contributing to ending Israeli violations and delivering long-awaited justice to Palestine, the EU continues to reward Israel, the occupying power, with more political, economic, and technological support and cooperation.

We urge the European Union to assume its responsibility, by refraining from such inflammatory and objectionable language as well as from employing double standards in dealing with issues related to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, as guaranteed by all relevant international laws and agreements. We call on elected European officials to muster the courage and political will to pressure Israel into abiding by international law by holding it accountable with concrete and effective measures that align with existing European Union laws and international obligations and principles.

Finally, we thank our friends and allies across Europe for speaking out and rejecting this overt anti-Palestinian racism and urge them to hold their officials accountable. Like all other forms of hate and discrimination, anti-Palestinianism must not be tolerated.


Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)

The Palestinian NGOs Network (PNGO)

AMAN Coalition

Al-Haq, Law in the service of man

The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Gaza (PCHR)

Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights

Abdel ـ Shafi Community Health Association (ACHA)

Adam association for the development of family society

Addameer – Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

AFKAR Organization for Educational and Cultural Development

Agricultural Development Society

Aisha Association for Woman & Child Protection

Al Adham for Development

Al Ataa' Charitable Society

Al Awda Health and Community Association

Al Nahda Association for Development and Growth (NADG)

Al Najda Social Association


Al Sattar Garbee Association for Developing Countryside and Farmer

AL-Foukhary Association For Development and Culture

Almanal Society for Developing the Rural Women

Alnajda Developmental Forum

Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society

Altaghreed Association For Culture And Development

Al-Tawasol Forum Society

Alternatives Forum - Palestine

Amwaj Association for Community Development and Improvement

Arab center for Agricultural Development (ACAD) /Ramallah – Gaza

Arab World Democracy and Electoral Monitor (Al Marsad)

Association for Visually Impaired Graduate League

Basma Society for Culture and Arts

Beit Lahia Youth Center Association

Bisan Center for Research and Development

Brilliant Tomorrow for Homes Sons Society

Center for Defense of Liberties & Civil Rights “Hurryyat”

Center of Women's Legal Research, Counseling and Protection

Central Blood Bank Society

Centre for Culture and Development

Charitable Family Development Association

Community Action Center / Al-Quds University

Community Media Center

Defense for Children International – Palestine

Disability Representative Body Network

Dr. Haidar Abdelshafi Centre for Culture and Development

El Amal Rehabilitation Society - Rafah

El-Braem Development Society

Faisal Husseini Foundation

Federation of Woman Action Committee


Future Association for Development and Environment

Future Charity Association

Gaza Community Mental Health Programme - GCMHP

Gaza Urban & Peri-urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP) | Gaza, Palestine

General Union of Cultural Centers

Ghassan Kanafani Development

Human Rights and Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”

Jerusalem Human Rights Consortium (JHRC)

Jerusalem Legal Aid Center (JLAC)

Khuzaa permaculture association center


Land Research Center (LRC)

Local Association For Social Services

MA'AN Development Center

Mabarret Palestine Society for Caring (MPC)

Milad Association for Youth Development

Mothers School Society

National Center for Rural Development Association

National Society for Rehabilitation

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association

Palestine Amputee Football Association

Palestinian Agricultural Development Association

Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)

Palestinian Center of Organic Agriculture

Palestinian Crescent Society for Relief and Development

Palestinian Developmental Women Studies Association

Palestinian Farmers’ Union

Palestinian Health Work Committees (HWC)

Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)

Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)

Palestinian Non–Governmental Organization against Domestic Violence against Women (Al Muntada)

Palestinian Social Forum (PSF)

Palestinian Youth Union

PALTEAM Association for Community Development

Public Aid Society - Gaza

Remedial Education Center - REC

Rural Women Development Society (RWDS)

Science and Culture Center

Teacher Creativity Center

The Assembly Benevolent Of Operation

The Civil Commission for the Independence of Judiciary and Rule of Law “Istqlal”

The Culture and Free Thought Association

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development-REFORM

The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession MUSAWA

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Gaza (PCHR)

The Palestinian Development Women Studies Association

The Palestinian Institute for Communication and Development PICD

The Palestinian Women’s Coalition for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325

The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD)

The Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation- PYALARA

The Society of Women Graduates in Gaza Strip

The Women’s Studies Centre

Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)

Union of Health Care Committees (UHCC)

Union of Palestinian Women Committees (UPWC)

Wasel Center for Youth Development

WEFAQ Society for Women and Child Care

Women Media and Development

Women’s Affairs Technical Committee

Women’s Studies Centre

Women's Action Association for Rehabilitation Women & the Child

Women's Affairs Center /Gaza

Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)

Youth Development Association

YWCA of Palestine

Zeina Women's Society